12 May RNAO says 900 additional nursing positions means expertise for community care

TORONTO, May 10, 2012 – The health-care needs of Ontario will be better served by news that 900 nursing positions are being added to the system, according to the professional body representing RNs in the province. The announcement was made Thursday by Health Minister Deb Matthews during Nursing Week.

“We’re delighted that many of these nursing positions will be allocated to long-term care homes and community-based nursing care,” says Rhonda Seidman-Carlson, President of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO).

Seidman-Carlson says the government is acting on advice RNAO provided to the Ministry of Health to devote more resources to meet the care needs of people living with chronic illnesses and the elderly so they have support in managing chronic care conditions and can remain at home. “This is what the Drummond report recommended and what RNAO has been saying all along because it’s a more effective and efficient way of delivering care to the people who need it most,” adds Seidman-Carlson.

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